Student Life

Students across the globe come to United Kingdom for its superlative education programs. Students headed for education in UK may find many changes as UK culture can draw international students towards new experiences. Students can instantaneously discern the serenity, passivity and compliance in the country. As the streets and colonies are clean and tidy with bountiful of trees and flowers one can easily get attracted towards them.

Education in UK is a demanding and challenging but it could discharge all your requirements. It has a long history of welcoming international students to study in its universities and colleges.

As per 2012 -2013 (Source: The Guardian, UK) Chinese students were the largest group of international students studying in the UK from 2012-2013, making up almost a fifth of the total. Indian students were the second largest group, comprising 5.3% of international students, despite their number declining by around 25% since 2011-2012

Around 3.4% came from Germany – the largest number of students from another EU country, despite both France and Ireland being geographically closer. France and Ireland still make the top ten though, with close to 3% of our international students coming from each country

Among all international students, 1,53,025 opted for PG degrees, whereas 1,46,945 opted for their first degrees.

The First Statistical Release from HESA (2013-14) shows that the number of students from outside the UK coming to study in the UK increased slightly by 3% to 435,500.

China has sent the largest number of students – 87,895 (6% increase)

India is next with 19,750 (-25% increase) and

Nigeria third, with 18,020 (-1% increase)

Malaysia fourth with 16,635

USA fourth, with 16,485 (-1% increase)

Scotland has attracted 21% of international students, whereas

England has attracted 19%

Wales – 19% and

Northern Ireland – 11%

As per 2011-2012 International student numbers by subject area

Business and Administrative Science considered as the most sought program with 36% opting Engineering and Technology is the next program with 32%,

Computer Science – 22%

Law attracted 22% of the international students.

Academic Life in UK

With a cheerful cosmopolitan society, UK offers an outstanding learning environment that is widely renowned all over the world. International students come to UK typically to pursue their undergraduate or post-graduation courses. Many universities and colleges in UK welcome new students through organizing various events before commencing the academic course, so that students can make new friends regardless to their nations. Besides, various social and cultural activities are often run for international students throughout the year. UK universities facilitate several clubs and societies that are accessible for all the students to get involved. Living in UK – International Students

For international students it is quite easy to develop a varied and interesting lifestyle in Britain. With an extensive student discounts and so many of the cities most appealing attractions being free, you’ll always find ways to make your money go further. Living in UK will increase the value of your studies.

Students coming from different nations have a lot of things to perceive and learn from UK. When students arrive to UK, they have to get awareness about all the costs that are to be incurred. Usually students preferring to live off-campus will choose to live in shared housing and make use of public transportation networks such as electric trains, tubes, buses.

Every university in UK has their student union that organizes several extra-curricular activities like, theatre performances, movies nights and quiz nights. Besides, there are various clubs and sports in every university that varies from football, volleyball to painting, movies and etc., which are mostly run through university unions. It is a great way to meet other students and get involved in campus life.


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Tourism & Traveling

Many students come to UK for its eminent educational programs and enjoy the exciting adventures in their life. Apart from high quality of education one can acquire the world’s beautiful tourist destinations. While staying in UK, students can make the most of the admirable traveling network to visit around the British Isles and continental Europe. As a student they get a wide variety of discounts and best deals, making the opportunity to explore even more accessible.

Students Accommodation

UK universities facilitate on-campus accommodation for all the international students for the first year. There will be an accommodation officer in every university who will allocate the accommodation that better suits your requirements and budget. As the demand for UK higher education is steadily increasing, students have to apply early for the on-campus accommodation. Else students can live in off-campus accommodation. Usually universities provide accommodation in residence halls, privately owned flats and houses or home stay with a UK family. Living on-campus is a good source to meet with other students and build amity with them. Deciding where you live have a great impact on how much you enjoy your studies in UK. Therefore choose your home vigilantly.

Health Care and Wellness Living

International students have to get prepared for the extremely new conditions. It may be difficult to get personalized in the first few days.  From 6th April 2015 all students going to UK for more than 6 months has to pay for UK healthcare as part of their immigration application. The money collected by the Home Office will be passed to the health departments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

For students the health surcharge will be £150 per year, payable upfront and for the total period of time for which they are given permission to stay in the UK. The same is applicable to their dependants and they pay the same amount as the main applicant. Any student’s visa or immigration application won’t be granted if they don’t pay the healthcare surcharge or the application will be delayed if not paid the right amount.

For more information on UK, please see the “UK-Country Overview”